A quiet road, roaring with history. I don’t know if ‘roaring’ works there but I added it. In front of it, the new tallest building in this cluster dominating the view, 22 Bishopsgate.
I wonder what modern skyscrapers will receive the same ‘listed’ status as older buildings. I assume older skyscrapers such as the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building in NYC will be ones that do, as their designs and significance have stood the test of time. More recent additions such as the Burj Khalifa are so much taller than the rest it has to be included surely… as it set a new benchmark in height, despite some plans already to build higher.
As more and more buildings become important in our history, when will we run out of space? Will we ever have to decide to take older ones down, or just let them crumble over time? Maybe we will already inhabit other planets by then, and the need for space on earth is greatly reduced.
But whilst stuck on this planet, we are seeing a great change in the way we build around us. Gravity is not as big of an enemy with our increased knowledge on how to manipulate it, but one day even our shiny new skyscrapers will be something we look back on as ‘old fashioned’.
It excites me to see what the world will look like in the next 50 years… and I wish I could live long enough to see beyond that!!
What will a student on an excursion to Earth in the year 2500 think of the place? When will the last building be built on this planet before we decide to stop and invest our time elsewhere, like ghost towns of the Wild West?
This is how my mind is currently working during lockdown…
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